Several of the spring’s boom horses are already eyeing off next year’s $5 million All-Star Mile to be run at Caulfield over 1600 metres.
One of the carnival’s unluckiest horses Mr Quickie will be set to run the race first-up if he can gain a start in the restricted weight-for-age race that has its field determined via a public vote, with Cox Plate placegetter Te Akau Shark’s connections also considering putting the race on his program and Tasmanian boom horse Mystic Journey hoping to defend his title. Four-year-old Mr Quickie was sent for a spell after running second in the Moonee Valley Cup when he was balloted out of the Cox Plate and his trainer Phillip Stokes said the run proved he wasn’t a stayer.
Stokes confirmed the decision had been made to aim at the All-Star Mile after the horse has his first good break since his Queensland winter campaign. ‘‘It’s a big prizemoney race and from there we can springboard into something else,’’ he said.
Mr Quickie’s best run in the campaign came first-up in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington over 1600 metres when he was a fast-finishing third behind Gatting and this year’s All-Star Mile winner Mystic Journey.
He has never been unplaced first-up. Mr Quickie beat Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare in June’s Queensland Derby and was considered desperately unlucky to not fight out the finish of the Caulfield Cup.
Adam Trinder, who trained last year’s winner Mystic Journey, has already indicated he would like to attempt back-to-back victories while connections of Te Akau Shark are considering whether to attempt to run.